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Unformatted text preview: Logical Fallacies Ad Hominems (Ad-Homs) This involves insulting or attacking the person rather than the persons argument. Its also referred to as name-calling. Ex: Timbos arguments are stupid because hes a Gator Fan. Inconsistency This is a contradiction or tension between different parts of an argument. Sometimes it is between multiple arguments. Ex: Individuals should have the freedom to make decisions. In particular, we do not trust the government to regulate our personal lives. Marijuana should be illegal, though. Post-Hoc This assumes a causal relationship simply because one thing follows another. Ex: They are 41-1 when they kneel the ball at the end of the game. Spuriousness This refers to other things that could have produced the effect. Ex: I drank 16 beers and then a bunch of bikini models showed up. Drinking beer must attract bikini models. Ambiguity This involves using a word or phrase in a way that its meaning is not clear; or it can create...
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- Spring '11